Thank you to everyone who recently participated in our 2019 Learning Trends Survey. We had 256 respondents from a wide variety of industries and many thoughtful responses to the open-ended questions.

We used the survey results to create our 2019 Learning Trends Report. Our goal was simple: find out what knowledge and skills trainers find most important for their learners, what challenges they face when providing training, and how they plan to deliver training in 2019.

Our report presents and summarizes the results. Then, Sharon Boller and I offer five takeaways from the data. You can access the report here.

About the Learning Trends Report

To gather our data, we sent a 13-question survey to BLP clients and other learning professionals who subscribe to our newsletter. The survey was open from 11/12/2018 to 12/10/2018.

When appropriate, we compare the results to our 2016-2018 reports.

While some survey questions were “select all that apply,” most were open-ended so participants could share their perspectives without being influenced by the answer choices we created. We took the raw responses and put them into meaningful categories that emerged based on the responses given. If respondents said both “stakeholders” and “lack of time for training” were holding them back, we counted this as one response in each category.

Since we sent the survey to our existing clients and contacts, the breakdown of respondents reflects the industries and company sizes we frequently work with. For example, life science (pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech) and healthcare companies are over-represented in the results. The majority of respondents work at Fortune 1000 or larger organizations.

A large number of internal trainers at higher education institutions also participated, likely because of their interest in the survey topic. Otherwise, industry representation was broad and balanced:


More than 36% of respondents were at or above the manager, director, or VP level in their organization, and most of whom are in roles directly related to training, talent, or learning. Nearly 55% of respondents were instructional designers or trainers. The remainder of respondents consider themselves consultants or external training vendors.


2019 learning trend

What’s in the Report

We asked survey participants 11 questions:

  1. How often do you include target learners in your training DESIGN process?
  2. When you include target learners in the training design process, which of the following methods do you use?
  3. How often do you include target learners in your training DEVELOPMENT process?
  4. When you include target learners in the training development process, which of the following activities do they participate in?
  5. What methods will you (or your organization) use to deliver training in 2019?
  6. What learning trend(s) or new training delivery method(s) are you most excited about for 2019?
  7. What emerging learning trends are you most excited about beyond 2019?
  8. What knowledge and/or skills do your target learners need to have to be successful in their jobs?
  9. What challenges do YOUR LEARNERS face that makes it difficult for them to build the knowledge/skills they need to be successful?
  10. What challenges do YOU face when you try to help these learners build the necessary knowledge/skills?
  11. Finally, if you could improve one thing about learning & development and/or training at your organization in 2019, what would it be?

The 2019 Learning Trends Report

Download the 2019 Learning Trends Report to view the complete results and analysis of our Learning Trends Survey.